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Can't wait for the next presidential elections! Hope we can clean out Congress and the White House with folks who will realize the crisis we are in and start to work on really fixing it. No Obama didn't cause this mess! it's been going on for a very, very long time! Congress and the president putting us deeper into debt. Oh, it all sounded good at time I'm sure but now we are in big trouble and they don't seem to notice! The economy is doing fine they say??? Really? Sure had me fooled! I got adult children moving back home due to job lay offs and another one had his job totally cut along with 1,799 others! he's scared to death he's going to lose his house. he searching nationwide and willing to settle on Walmart of flipping hamburgers if it will pay his house payment. He had a nice down payment so his payments are just $587 so he can get by with a lower paying job if he has too! I've had to go back to work and my husband is looking for a part time job too! So much for retirement! the crisis 2 years ago where Uncle Sam rescinded 2,000 reserve troops orders through us for a big loop we are still trying to crawl out of under. We had to pay back everything my husband had spent and was paid along with trying to get him home from his deployment. The nice nest egg we had tucked away was instantly spent to pay part of the debt and we worked hard and spent nothing so we had it all paid back in 4 month's. But without that nice nest egg everything that could go wrong has. Our first full retirement year and our state hit us with an extra $1,500 in taxes. the dryer broke down, my desktop computer died, our AC just died, the car broke down, our riding mower died. Had ER visits, all those lovely things that keep hitting and now the bills are piling up so back to work I go. We hope to have it all cleared out and several thousand back into savings by next spring. At least I was able to get a job! Both son's that moved back home are disabled so finding a job is much harder for them. One turned in his medical records and got on SSDI and food stamps to tide him over until the job market improves. I keep on gardening and hope to get plenty of food put away for the coming year. I've been busy canning and drying like crazy. the way our country is going I think we're going to need all the food we can get! Hope you are able to put away lots of food too! The idiots in Washington might not think there is a problem but from where I'm sitting I'm just hoping to keep my job until spring time! If I really thought about it all I'd probably start bawling but I just keep a smile on my face and keep plugging along taking care of my family and friends. We'll all be ok, stashing away our food for the coming year and growing stronger together as we all fight to survive. Be strong my friend and you'll make it too!

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  1. brchbell's Avatar
    Well, that was quite a rant! I stopped by to tell you I started a new blog last week and hope you can visit some time! onewomansprepping.com
  2. FreebieQueen's Avatar
    Wow, sounds like you have a lot going on there girlfriend! Glad to hear that your food storage/ canning and drying is at least going well!! As for your sons house payment,
    He had a nice down payment so his payments are just $587 so he can get by with a lower paying job if he has too!
    Does he know about the Home Affordable Modification Program that is available?

    He'll need copies of the following:


    1. most recent tax returns
    2. pay stubs
    3. monthly mortgage statements
    4. detailed calculation of your income and expenses
    5. written explanation for your financial hardship (probably shouldn't mention it's because the government keeps raising the debt ceiling in the country and drowning out small business owners in favor of corporations)

    He can talk to the state's HUD office or by calling the Homeowner's HOPE Hotline at 888-995-4673.
  3. brchbell's Avatar
    He worked in a State job and they cut 1,800 jobs to help pay for the mess in Joplin. I've been down to Joplin twice since it happened and you have to see it to understand how bad it was. A 3 mile x 6 mile area was totally leveled with a 2 mile heavily damaged area surrounding it. I was last there on July 2nd after thousands of hours of clean up and I still wanted to sit down and cry. It will be a very long time before they recover from this disaster. Unfortunately with all the big changes coming in our world these kind of things are going to get much worse in the coming year. It was a very close area so all those who lost their homes have been taken in by others in the area. Prepare for the worst and be grateful for what you have. We never know when it will be our turn!
  4. wilbe95's Avatar
    I hear you with the job situation. My employer has already handed 95 people their walking papers to go into effect September 30. Not to mention that another part of the employer has let go of an additional 100. We will be hiring back around 65 people but the applications are in the thousands for those looking for a job. I am on one committee that will hire around 10 people. Last weekend I took home over 75 applications (some seeking two or three different positions). It was such a rude awakening to me to see the qualifications that so many have that are currently unemployed. The worse part is the applicants who have doctorate degree's but we can not even consider them for a position (only need a Bachelor's Degree) because their degree is not in the right field, yet they are currently unemployed. I knew the situation was bad, but I guess I didn't realize just how bad it was.

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